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Forum: Black Library Fiction   03-02-13, 02:49 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,063
Posted By Xisor
On both points: about bloody time! Horus &...

On both points: about bloody time!

Horus & co. running about with their whole legions bugged me. So seeing Argel Tal et al cavorting about on their (300+ strong) lonesome in The First Heretic was...
Forum: 40k Fluff   02-03-13, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,515
Posted By Xisor
It doesn't alter much of your reasoning, but...

It doesn't alter much of your reasoning, but there's something critical on this point you've had the misfortune of missing.

The story Scions of the Storm in Tales of Heresy deals with this same...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   01-17-13, 06:49 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,672
Posted By Xisor
Erm, what?

Erm, what?
Forum: Black Library Fiction   01-17-13, 05:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,672
Posted By Xisor
Guessing I read a different story then, where the...

Guessing I read a different story then, where the mythology's explored and unfolded, with the cognitive horror of the experience being intricately and attentively well done indeed.

Emotional...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-31-12, 03:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By Xisor
Whilst I think there's a ton of decent depictions...

Whilst I think there's a ton of decent depictions (ADB & Abnett haven't really put a foot wrong in this regard), there're a few conspicuous weak points and, remarkably, some that for their small...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-27-12, 11:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,725
Posted By Xisor
On one hand you're outraged about the simplicity...

On one hand you're outraged about the simplicity and childishness of the names (wolfy mcwolfson riding wolf wielding wolftooth wolfaxe of the wolfdom in the wolftime...), yet on the other you won't...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-27-12, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,725
Posted By Xisor
I guess the Cabal, the Perpetuals, the much...

I guess the Cabal, the Perpetuals, the much alluded uniqueness of the Grey Knights as 'children of the Emperor' in the same manner as Space Marines are children of their primarchs...

Totally...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-27-12, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,725
Posted By Xisor
Well said*, that man. I quite enjoyed...

Well said*, that man.

I quite enjoyed Mountain Eater a while back, I always felt a good massive wank-fest** would make a decent story.



* What a lot of embarrassing nonsense.
** The 'dex...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-21-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,740
Posted By Xisor
Said short is actually a novella, IIRC.

Said short is actually a novella, IIRC.
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-21-12, 04:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,001
Posted By Xisor
Execution Hour by Gordon Rennie, followed by...

Execution Hour by Gordon Rennie, followed by Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow.

The first is easily one of my favourite books, certainly amongst the best of 40k. It's a simple enough book,...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-20-12, 10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,458
Posted By Xisor
Yep. Tend to be of a vaguely better quality too....

Yep. Tend to be of a vaguely better quality too. Less spine-creasing, generally more satisfactory product. (I 'understand' [heard from a guy down the pub/bookshop] that trade paperback is more...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-20-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,879
Posted By Xisor
That's not at all true, unfortunately. Unless, of...

That's not at all true, unfortunately. Unless, of course, by recent you mean 'since doing the hardbacks and ebooks', which I suppose is sort of recent. Depends on what you mean by recent then... so...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-16-12, 02:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,879
Posted By Xisor
I'm concerned by the justification, personally....

I'm concerned by the justification, personally. Mainly the £6.50 ebook is reasonable, to me. I don't mind it, it'd be nice if it were cheaper still, but I'm adjusted to it.

The £11.99 ebook is...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-13-12, 07:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,692
Posted By Xisor
I see what you're getting at (including the...

I see what you're getting at (including the discussion beyond the above quote), but I really should be clearer:
1- It doesn't destroy integrity. It merely reduces resolution.
2- 10s are the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-11-12, 07:48 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,507
Posted By Xisor
A LotN describes the genesis: it's entirely hopes...

A LotN describes the genesis: it's entirely hopes and dreams. But nevertheless still plausible & interesting.

I'm inclined to expect/hope-for an Ahriman series, but by the same token I'd be very...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-10-12, 07:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,692
Posted By Xisor
Given the qualifications folks are giving for...

Given the qualifications folks are giving for their rating systems, not understanding the impact and limit of their rating systems is, if you'll forgive me for being mean, absurd and idiotic in equal...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-09-12, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 900
Posted By Xisor
Not super-amazing and, bear in in mind, it's set...

Not super-amazing and, bear in in mind, it's set 'near' Macharius - he's not a main character. But, on the upside, it's a damn entertaining book - I really enjoyed it. Got a lot of character and...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   12-08-12, 07:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,872
Posted By Xisor
I think there's a difference between 'ties in'...

I think there's a difference between 'ties in' and 'references'. For example, Feat of Iron explicitly references Angel Exterminatus, but are they, really, thematically linked? Do you get much from...
Forum: Sketches and Warhammer 40k Art   09-14-12, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 13,031
Posted By Xisor
Good grief; many of them aren't the images I had...

Good grief; many of them aren't the images I had in my head from reading, but they certainly will be when I return to the stories!

Alpharius and Saul Tarvitz are particular favourites.
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-13-12, 08:44 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,985
Posted By Xisor
What we really need is more bonkers conspiracying...

What we really need is more bonkers conspiracying from Marines in universe. Like the Salamander and the Iron Hand and the Raven Guard all arguing about who they think is 'out to get them'....
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-10-12, 07:52 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,985
Posted By Xisor
I get this from an authorial stand-point, but in...

I get this from an authorial stand-point, but in universe it seems a bit dubious: all of the Space Marine legions can't be the same. They've different qualities, different training, different...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-02-12, 09:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,581
Posted By Xisor
In many respects, I think part of the burn-out is...

In many respects, I think part of the burn-out is coming from painful realisations of missed opportunities. Love Horus Rising as I do, I can't help but notice the extreme absence of important bits of...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-27-12, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,363
Posted By Xisor
Thanks man, most welcome! With regards to...

Thanks man, most welcome!

With regards to 'Lair of escaped Dragon': I suspect that the 'Halo Scar' may only have come into existence *after* the events of Mechanicum, that the Dragon may have...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-23-12, 08:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,363
Posted By Xisor
I read it last week; really enjoyed it. ...

I read it last week; really enjoyed it.



Spoilers for Mechanicum follow

The Kaban/Grammaticus/Akashic thing hints, to me, that it ties directly into the Heresy and the ending of Mechanicum...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   07-16-12, 07:40 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 10,814
Posted By Xisor
I'd say some people suffer from an inability to...

I'd say some people suffer from an inability to read between lines, detect implications in text and even be vaguely aware of subtlety.

Re-read Chapter 7 of Legion. The Cabal are effectively an...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   07-05-12, 01:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,996
Posted By Xisor
Classic? No. Really enjoyable? Yes. It's...

Classic? No. Really enjoyable? Yes.

It's difficult to put my finger on, but it was a really enjoying read. Not quite 'perfect', but given the subject matter, I think it handles it really well....
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-05-12, 01:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
Posted By Xisor
It tallies with the older idea of the C'tan being...

It tallies with the older idea of the C'tan being star vampires. E.g. life forms which 'naturally' feed on stars and mind themselves, that don't really bother with mortal concerns until the Necrons...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   07-01-12, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,628
Posted By Xisor
1. The Lion doesn't necessarily grasp the full...

1. The Lion doesn't necessarily grasp the full treachery of the traitors. He knows they're rebels, separatists, anti-Imperialists. He doesn't quite understand the underpinning reasons for their turn,...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-28-12, 06:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,379
Posted By Xisor
Certainly, Serp. If Mars isn't a Necron Tombworld...

Certainly, Serp. If Mars isn't a Necron Tombworld (which seems unlikely nowadays), then it makes sense that if the Emperor just has to keep going back to Mars every few hours/millennia to knock-out...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-28-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,379
Posted By Xisor
Deadeye: I agree with the other two - that's...

Deadeye: I agree with the other two - that's pretty damn close. There's nothing really to say that the Void Dragon on Mars is wholly sharded, e.g. into tiny pieces like we see in the new Necron...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   06-26-12, 10:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,175
Posted By Xisor
In principle, they're decent books. In practice,...

In principle, they're decent books. In practice, only Fallen Angels stands up to scrutiny, for me.

The only serious 'breath of life' for Descent was in the chapter in which Zahariel chats to the...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-20-12, 09:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,871
Posted By Xisor
First of all: I don't know. Second of all: I...

First of all: I don't know.
Second of all: I loved the expansion KNF gave to them.
Thirdly: I'd be extremely keen to see some Heresy stories (or indeed other 40k stories) revolving around one of...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-20-12, 05:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,379
Posted By Xisor
If memory serves, the agents guarding the device...

If memory serves, the agents guarding the device in The Lion are the same faction as those who crop up conspicuously in Deliverance Lost, also noted to be of 'The Order of the Dragon'.

There's an...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-02-12, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,329
Posted By Xisor
The Eldar, indicated in Xenology to be an...

The Eldar, indicated in Xenology to be an engineered race, as servants or allies to the Old Ones... I can't help but think that, actually, the Eldar don't have a homeworld.

They had worlds that...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   06-02-12, 10:04 PM
Replies: 1,985
Views: 124,064
Posted By Xisor
Yeah, he gets like that. :biggrin:

Yeah, he gets like that. :biggrin:
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-30-12, 02:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 800
Posted By Xisor
CotE - for what it's worth, MEQinc is close to...

CotE - for what it's worth, MEQinc is close to the money as far as Path of the Renegade is concerned. Andy Chambers goes to great lengths to emphasise the underlying hatred that is rife in 'modern'...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-27-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,738
Posted By Xisor
Though Pariah, Neferata, The Great Betrayal and...

Though Pariah, Neferata, The Great Betrayal and Siege of Castellax are very high on my list, with a slightly lesser degree of excitement about Ravenwing, I'm most eagerly anticipating Sword of...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-23-12, 05:39 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
You're talking bollocks here, again. The...

You're talking bollocks here, again.

The Necrons attacked Mars. That's still happened. And could quite possibly be a direct result of Mechanicum, just 10k years later. We know that something...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-22-12, 11:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,389
Posted By Xisor
The title's fine. It's the bloody blurb that's...

The title's fine. It's the bloody blurb that's the problem! (Also that the first fifty-odd pages are incredibly unnecessary given the rest of the story - could've been truncated to about ten pages.)
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-22-12, 04:12 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
I'd argue that's precisely what's happened: the...

I'd argue that's precisely what's happened: the only way to 'deal' with them, from a Necron narrative view, is to transform them to be more like Avatars and Daemons. They're in a very strict way:...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-22-12, 03:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,202
Posted By Xisor
What exactly separates them? Oh, about 10,000...

What exactly separates them? Oh, about 10,000 years.

That's plenty of time for them to change. ADB's and Chris Wraight's later-period stories with the Space Wolves certainly attest to this. They...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-22-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 575
Posted By Xisor
The more common 'link' between the two universes...

The more common 'link' between the two universes is sometimes said to be: the both border the warp.

That accounts for the shared daemons, the shared gods, yet disjoint geographies, planets,...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-21-12, 03:14 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
You're still talking nonsense. That works for the...

You're still talking nonsense. That works for the Nightbringer because it's stated for the Nightbringer (IIRC) that it's weak on waking, groggy.

That isn't said, at all, in Mechanicum. What's said...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-20-12, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,784
Posted By Xisor
Vaz: that's not so clear, actually, in the book....

Vaz: that's not so clear, actually, in the book. There's a '22,000' figure given when talking about the map & his hand-writing, but that the original from which it was copied was twice that again -...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-19-12, 05:08 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
The thing is, Deadeye, the stories in Mechanicum...

The thing is, Deadeye, the stories in Mechanicum and Nightbringer were widely criticised. Ultramarine Captain defeats stargod by collapsing a cave? Pre-Imperium Emperor fights the Dragon and wins?
...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-19-12, 02:35 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
The common link, surely, is the involvement not...

The common link, surely, is the involvement not of the Necrons... but the C'tan.

Or to put it another way: the defeat of the C'tan has to be their hubris. But it can be more than "Oh, the Necrons...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-18-12, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By Xisor
What utter drivel you spout there; Salvation is a...

What utter drivel you spout there; Salvation is a cracking read.
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-16-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,306
Posted By Xisor
It's text from The Radical's Handbook which is a...

It's text from The Radical's Handbook which is a 2009/2010 publication by FFG for Dark Heresy.
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-15-12, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,306
Posted By Xisor
It's an interesting outlet, but with a few of the...

It's an interesting outlet, but with a few of the elements of the FFG material (notably the Tyrant Star itself and the Servants of Twilight), I'm reluctant on them. Mainly because they open up an...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-14-12, 07:08 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 27,136
Posted By Xisor
To be honest, I'm mighty happy with Serp's...

To be honest, I'm mighty happy with Serp's approach here. The relentless, senseless derision of Matthew Ward as the lone destroyer of everything we know and love as a unanimous fact is pretty damn...
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